After firing Monty Williams after five seasons earlier in the month, the New Orleans Pelicans have hired Warriors associate head coach Alvin Gentry as their new coach.
Gentry and the Pelicans agreed to a deal Saturday (May 3), choosing him over Jeff Van Gundy, an ESPN NBA analyst, sources told ESPN.
“I’m truly honored for the opportunity to lead the Pelicans as their head coach and am anxious to get started,” Gentry said in a statement.
Before taking over, Gentry will finish the postseason with the Warriors, who are currently set to take on the Cavalers in the NBA Finals. He’s has helped to shape the Warriors’ potent offense, as the lead offensive assistant.
Now, he takes over a Pelicans squad, which is led by star Anthony Davis, who averaged 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game this season.